In November 2018, investigators from the Major Crime and Serious Crime Brigade of the State-organized Crime Crime Command set up Strike Force Merengue to investigate 80 raids on the way up through Sydney in September. September, October and November.
The investigations led the investigators to study the activities of a union organized robbery, which also included burglaries in Sydney designer shops.
Eight members of the group, all Chileans, were arrested in November and December, including a 19-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man arrested in Victoria.
The mabahith traveled to Melbourne on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 to apply for citizenship and was turned over to NSW.The women will be accompanied by the strike force investigators during a trip to Sydney later Thursday (January 10, 2018). She should be transferred to the Maskout Police Station and charged. The extradition follows new investigations leading investigators of the strike force to file 65 new indictments against five members of the group last Friday (January 4, 2019).
A 22-year-old man was charged with 19 counts of rest, entry and aggravated theft.
A 28-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were charged with 16 counts of serious disturbance, entry and theft.
They are still in detention and will then appear in the local Burwood Court on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
A 27-year-old man was charged with seven counts of breakage, entry, theft and involvement in a criminal group.
A 23-year-old man was charged with five counts of aggravated assault, break and enter, theft and involvement in a criminal group.
The police will argue that the new charges involve 33 incursions into Sydney between September and November, during which they stole jewelry, watches and other luxury items and money before being shipped to the foreign.
Investigations are ongoing, involving work with the Chilean authorities to locate stolen property.